the proton crisis through oneiric intent—the
universe heals itself through its own subjectivity.
Building on the work of neurologists and dream researchers, physicist Fred Alan Wolf proposes in his book,"The Dreaming Universe," that the dream state and quantum mechanics enjoy a special relationship. He proposes that individual identities evolve out of the indeterminate and ambiguous experiences of the dream state. He goes on to propose that preconscious mental processing involves neural structures that compare superposed quantum states in the brain and construct a particular self awareness from among the superposed possibilities. The process parallels that by which empirical events also condense out of quantum superpositions.
objects, such as man, with a spark of freedom and creativity in
them, are also in part self-limiting, and in choosing their own limits,
they also choose what the limits of God as knowing them shall be. In
deciding to do this, not that, I decide that God shall know me as actually
doing this, and not know me as actually doing that. I decide the content
of the divine knowledge."
— Charles Hartshorne
into objective events and the collapse of indeterminate dream (preconscious)
subjective events are concomitant processes. Each is a reduction of multiple
possibilities into a particularized actuality that has both an objective and a subjective nature. Gravitational
self-collapse of a quantum superposition occurs when the superposed mass attains a magnitude that causes it to perceive
itself, or that corresponds to it perceiving itself, which is the subjective
correlate of the collapse of the quantum indeterminacy into a determinate
process that locates mass also locates consciousness (subjectivity).
The two occurrences are simultaneous.
This model of quantum consciousness recalls the philosophy of Alfred
who proposed that the entities that compose this universe have
simultaneously an objective and a subjective nature. He
used the language of subjectivity to describe the precipitation of actual
events from indeterminacy. In Whitehead’s philosophy an actual event
occurs through the concrescence of "prehensions" into a "satisfaction"
of feeling. He called his philosophy the "philosophy of organism"
to capture the simultaneity of objectivity and subjectivity in the concrescence of events. Unfortunately, Whitehead's followers adopted
the term "process philosophy" instead of "philosophy of
organism" and thereby marginalized an intended implication of Whitehead's
larvae hypothesis adds a layer of conjecture to this already speculative
construction. It proposes that the dream state, specifically the lucid
dream state, and more specifically the amplified communal
lucid dream state, has a particular efficacy in terms of the observer
effect of quantum mechanics, in which human intent can affect the
outcome of quantum processes. The lucid dream is that
brand of consciousness most efficacious at influencing quantum events through
intent and is therefore the state of mind best suited to conjuring protons from the quantum fluctuations that produce
so far as to suggest that, just as events precipitate out of quantum
indeterminacy to participate in the physical universe,
so too do the many psychological selves that precipitate out of the range
of possibilities presented in the dream state participate
in a mental or subjective universe at large, a notion that suggests
theology. It recalls the notion from many traditions of
a cosmic mind and to Whitehead's notion of life's contribution to that mind.
human reason seems to discredit known religious forms, what ensues
is not a sober rational appraisal of merely human factors accepted
as such. What ensues is Lenin worship, party worship, state worship,
self-worship, despair, sensuality, or some other vagary. The proper
reaction to this apparent fact is not necessarily the advocacy of
a 'return to religion,' meaning by that to a religion whose deficiencies
were the very reason why men of the highest integrity and wisdom
felt dissatisfied with it, and which is deeply entangled in vested
interests. What we need is to make a renewed attempt to worship
the objective God, not our forefathers’ doctrines about him."
— Charles Hartshorne
Bang and the Big Wow
A kind of
quantum theology has grown more overtly from the
work of Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff. Leveraging their model of cosmic consciousness,
astrophysicist Paola Zizzi proposes that, in the earliest moments of the
Big Bang, the mass of the entire universe-to-be was for a brief moment
superposed in a quantum coherent state. This state of superposition corresponds
to what is called the inflationary phase of the early universe,
a phase of very rapid expansion which has become a standard feature of
the Big Bang cosmology. Zizzi proposes that this primordial indeterminacy
collapsed in an objective reduction that would have been accompanied
by an instance of cosmic subjectivity, or what Stuart Hameroff calls "the Big
Wow." The theological implications of this idea are evident.
Zizzi explains her phenomenological interpretation of the Big Bang at http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0007006.
process philosophy includes a theology that complements all of these ideas. In
it God has three natures: a primordial nature in which God
plays the role of thaumaturge and which seems to correspond to Zizzi's
phenomenological interpretation of inflationary cosmology. God's second
nature, his consequent
nature, is in process of becoming and corresponds to the actual evolution
of the physical universe, including the subjective experiences of the
creatures. Once these experiences occur, they are knowable and become
data in God's memory. God's third nature is superjective and
is the lure that God dangles before the universe to persuade it to elaborate
increasingly novel and aesthetically intense occurrences. The nudge takes
the form of subjective feelings.
historiographic systems, such as Whitehead's, constitute what in academic
theory is called "metanarrative." The
term refers to an overarching organizing concept that bestows a plot
to the events of history. Examples include
in which history is a competition among social classes
psychology (Freud), in which history is competition between civilization
and its discontents (the repressed drives of the Id)
in which (natural) history is a competition among species and/or
individuals and/or genes for material resources
- The Enlightenment,
in which history is a competition between scientific rationalism and
in which history is a competition between God and Satan
- . . .
and so on.
and postmodern academic theorists tend to dismiss metanarratives in
favor of more anarchic/ironic interpretations of historical events.
star larvae hypothesis is a blatant metanarrative in which
history is a competition between novelty and habit, but which subordinates
all events to the ontogenetic life cycle of this universe and the evolution of universes in the metaverse. The grand
narrative plot is, admittedly, religious. It includes such hallmarks
of religion as an unfolding of events that serves cosmic purposes,
ascent to the heavens, and
the transcendence of the flesh. However, unlike religious narratives,
this plot requires the participation of science. It enlists science
to articulate principles that describe the behaviors of matter and
energy in ways of which engineers can make use. The deepest yearnings of the
religious sensibility indeed show the way. But only the ingenuity
and applied methods of science can satisfy those yearnings. Even
the most purebred Rortian pragmatist, who would not bother with the
theory behind the star larvae hypothesis, should be able to line
up behind the hypothesis on purely pragmatic grounds, because it
describes a utopian—a super-utopian—future
built on the momentum of Western civilization.
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"According to this doctrine [of oriental eschatologies related
to Chaldean astrology] the soul returned to heaven after death, to live
there among the divine stars. While it remained on earth it was subject
to all the bitter necessities of a destiny determined by the revolutions
of the stars; but when it ascended into the upper regions, it escaped that
fate and even the limits of time; it shared in the immortality of the sidereal
gods that surrounded it. In the opinion of some, the soul was attracted
by the rays of the sun, and after passing through the moon, where it was
purified, it lost itself in the shining star of day. Another more purely
astrological theory, that was undoubtedly a development of the former,
taught that the soul descended to earth from the heights of heaven by passing
through the spheres of the seven planets. During its passage it acquired
the dispositions and qualities proper to each planet. After death it returned
to its original abode by the same route. To get from one sphere to another,
it had to pass a door guarded by a commandant. Only the souls of initiates
knew the password that made those incorruptible guardians yield, and under
the conduct of a psychopompus they ascended safely from zone to zone. As
the soul rose it divested itself of the passions and qualities it acquired
on its descent to the earth as though they were garments, and, free from
sensuality, it penetrated into the eighth heaven to enjoy everlasting happiness
as a subtle essence."
Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
Star Larvae Hypothesis:
a genus of organism.
The stellar life cycle includes a larval phase.
Biological life constitutes the larval phase of the stellar life cycle.
hypothesis presents a teleological model of nature, in which
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